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Voice Actor Yuichiro Umehara Hospitalized Due to Autoimmune Disease

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda

Talent management company Arts Vision announced on Thursday that voice actor Yūichirō Umehara has been hospitalized after being diagnosed with acute disseminated encephalomyelitis, an autoimmune disease that affects the nervous system. The actor is focusing on treatment and recovery, and will take an indefinite hiatus from work. Arts Vision will announce when Umehara will be able to return to work.

Umehara made his major voice acting debut voicing the character Wakasa in the Orenchi no Furo Jijō anime. He has since voiced roles in such anime as Cute High Earth Defense Club LOVE! (En Yufuin), Aquarion Logos (Hayato Kujo), Snow White with the Red Hair (Mitsuhide Rōen), Young Black Jack (Kuroo Hazama/Black Jack), Amanchu! (Makoto Ninomiya), Tiger Mask W (Tiger the Dark), Girlish Number (Gojō Karasuma), Rage of Bahamut: Virgin Soul (Charioce), Classroom of the Elite (Manabu Horikita), Black Clover (Mars), Jūni Taisen: Zodiac War (Ox), The Idolm@ster SideM's Kyōji Takajō, and Kino's Journey - The Beautiful World (Shizu).

His ongoing roles include Goro in DARLING in the FRANXX, Siegfried Kircheis in The Legend of the Galactic Heroes: Die Neue These, Hajime Suzamoto in Tada Never Falls in Love, Seiya Ichijō in Sword Gai: The Animation, Izuru Minezawa in Caligula, and Jay Yoon in Last Hope (Jūshinki Pandora). He was slated to voice the titular role in the Goblin Slayer anime, and has upcoming roles in Happy Sugar Life and Planet With. Umehara received the Best New Actor Award in the 10th Annual Seiyū Awards in 2016.

Source: Comic Natalie

Update: Umehara's Kōtarō to Yūichirō Hyorotto Danshi radio program announced on Thursday that Yū Miyazaki and Fumiyoshi Shioya will serve as "pinch hitters" and substitute as hosts in Umehara's absence on the May 13 and 20 episodes. The Tsukino Talent Production Staff stated that Umehara's recovery is the first priority, and that the staff is discussing with Arts Vision about Umehara's planned appearance at the Tsukipro Live 2018 Summer Carnival event on June 17.

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